Results for tag: Curtis Granderson
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 3, 2010 at 12:59:45 PM

Today is September 3 and a year ago, Ivan Nova was in Buffalo with his teammates on Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Four days earlier, Nova dropped to 1-4 in his first stint in Triple-A.

Against Pawtucket, Nova allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings of a 5-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader. He was preparing for a start in Rochester on Sept 4 and that day, he pitched decently, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings in a no-decision.

One of the things that has impressed the Yankees in Nova’s first two Major League starts has been poise and his ability to think that he is not pitching in big games and just go out and throw like he has always done.

About a month ago, I spoke to Lance Berkman about the adjustments to New York and some of the technical sides of hitting.

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 2, 2010 at 05:43:35 PM

A few weeks after the Yankees won their 27th championship, Curtis Granderson arrived from Detroit and projections were for him to be a center fielder with 30 home runs.

There was no reason to not expect it.

He hit that many playing half of his games in a pitcher-friendly park in Detroit and combined with a lefty-friendly right field porch at Yankee Stadium, there seemed little doubt Granderson would hit more than 10 home runs here.

Numbers often do not tell the whole story and the most home runs by Granderson at any professional level were achieved with a flawed swing.

The combination of struggling to get timing back from a DL stint and the poor mechanics, Granderson was hitting .245 a month ago, a figure that dropped to .240 through August 9. That was when Granderson went 0-for-4, a